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Research Associate in Mathematical Modelling of Electrocatalysis of Water Splitting/Electrolysis

Requisition ID:  12941

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  11-Oct-2021


We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.


Salary: £31,406 - £33,309 with progression to £40,927  per annum

Closing Date: 15 November 2021



The Role


We are seeking to appoint a talented and enthusiastic Research Associate with experience in mathematical modelling of electrochemical devices to join our group in developing models to optimise cell and electrode performances in water electrolysers. You will be joining a team of researchers across five institutes working on 5 year programme grant Ocean Refuel. Ocean Renewable Energy Fuels project will explore ways of converting ocean energy into fuels including hydrogen and ammonia for use in heating, energy storage and difficult to decarbonise transport applications.


Newcastle University is a world class research-intensive university. We play a leading role in economic, social, and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.

The Electrochemical Engineering science group at School of Engineering is recognised as world leading with expertise focusing on electrochemical energy conversion and storage. Both Investigators: Prof. Keith Scott and Dr. Mohamed Mamlouk have long track records and international standing in hydrogen research. You will be working with two additional PDRAs (electrocatalyst and electrolyser cell engineering) at Newcastle on the project.  You will be part of multidisciplinary international teams of over 15 researchers with access to state-of-the-art facilities.

The post is full time, fixed term until 30 November 2023.

Informal enquiries and requests for more detailed project information should be directed to Dr. M Mamlouk (Lecturer) via email:  mohamed.mamlouk@newcastle.ac.uk


You can visit the profiles of Keith Scott and Mohamed Mamlouk and further information about the School of Engineering can be found here.

Key Accountabilities


  • Produce mathematical models of water electrolyser cells coupling electrochemical, two phase flow and magneto dynamics equations
  • Work with experimentalists to obtain parameters of cells and electrodes and investigate range of electrode and cells designs and geometries
  • Work closely with other researchers on the project within the group and consortium to share information and data to tune, optimise and validate models of the cells and electrodes to ensure high efficiency and performance
  • Contribute to grant applications submitted by others and in time develop own research objectives and proposals for funding 
  • Support PhD and Master students during their research projects. Supervise and provide advice to junior staff and researchers on mathematical modelling practice
  • Produce regular reports and presentations on progress to the research project academic supervisors
  • Interacting with academic members and industrial members of the project partners, providing suitable paper, electronic and oral reporting


The Person (Essential)

Knowledge, Skills and Experience 


  • Experience of research with transferable skills in the field of mathematical modelling of electrochemical processes and cells 
  • Experience in using appropriate software to carry out the mathematical modelling (COMSOL, MATLAB, etc) 
  • Experience in modelling coupled fluid flow and electrochemical reactions 
  • Demonstrable subject knowledge in physical chemistry and in the area of electrolysers and hydrogen production 
  • High level of analytical and problem solving capacity 
  • Ability to communicate complex information (verbally and written) with clarity and to encourage the commitment of others 
  • Ability to design and prepare professional reports and present findings to industrial and academic project partners at conferences and project meetings and write high quality scientific publications 
  • Ability and experience of supervision of junior staff, postgraduate and undergraduate research projects 
  • Experience in modelling electrolysis and two-phase flow (Desirable)
  • Experience in modelling cells under rotation (Desirable)
  • Experience in modelling magnetic fields (Desirable)

Attributes and Behaviour

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Professional approach with a demonstrable commitment to dignity and respect in the workplace 
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills with the general public and external stakeholders and the ability to interact with people from different disciplines 
  • Good project organisational skills and the ability to work to strict deadlines
  • Monitor and, where appropriate, manage research resources (e.g. time, finance, laboratory space, equipment, computing time) effectively 
  • Ability to work in a diverse team but also independently. Contributing to the development of effective and mutually supportive working relationships and practices 
  • Play a major part in the dissemination of individual or team-based research outputs 
  • Ensure intellectual rigour and adherence to ethical standards in the research for which they are responsible 
  • Assist colleagues in interpretation of their data, to manage competing priorities, and to develop their research skills 
  • Ensure that knowledge and methodological/technical skills in their own, and related, areas of scholarship are extended and inform research activities 




  • PhD awarded in mathematics, physical chemistry, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, or a closely related disciplines



Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.


The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.


We understand how important the full employment package is to our colleagues at Newcastle University and we are committed to providing a great range of benefits and discounts for all.  You can learn more about what is available here on our Benefits Website page.

Requisition ID: 12941